Living This Creative Life

I have two favorite quotes. The first one is by Emile Zola, "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I would tell you that I came to live out loud". I don't know who the second one is by, but it goes like this, "If you're not living on the edge then you might as well jump". Both of these sentiments sum up my personal philosophy of this experience we call life on earth. Enjoy!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Art Every Day, Monday, April 8, 2013

Good Evening, 
It's mighty late and I'm sitting in a hotel room in Hayes Kansas.  We were planning on leaving tomorrow morning, but due to the storm, we decided it was best to leave early and try to out run it through Kansas.  Hopefully we won't see too much of the rain tomorrow, tonight's wind was enough.  My arms hurt from trying to keep my little car on the road.

Here is today's new piece.  I like it, especially the visual trick it is playing along the left hand side.  Placing the strip of yellow green that is the same as the background fabric on top of the blue green batting plays tricks with your eye making it hard to tell which fabric is on what layer.  The three squares on the right hand side nicely balances the left hand side and they too are made of dye painted batting.  The embellishments on them are little felt balls with bits of rayon ribbon running through them.  I quilted the squares with a top stitch outline then added a simple triple petal in the bottom corner of each, making the sizes larger for each larger square.  I added some small circles along the long sides of the yellow green strip on the batting and stippled the hell out of the background.

All in all, I think it's nicely balanced, an inviting color way, and what fun to use dye painted batting as the focal and counter points!

Till tomorrow,

P.S.  Here's a little sneak peak at a piece I just finished.  This is a portion of it before it was colored.


Christa Irell said...

The batting makes great fabric to work with I see! I always love the color variations within each piece, they give a lot of possibilities.

In fact, I have to say that the batting is by far my favorite part of this whole thing, and what really makes it work for me. They each have enough variations to invite the other colors to come and play and they all get along so well!

When I first saw the piece before I read your description, I did think that the yellow green strip was a cut out, not placed on top. That's a cool little trick!

The color deviations and quilting both bring some great texture to this. The small stipple sits the yellow green nicely in the back-but it lets the violet speak up a little too.

The stacks of circles really add dimension and echo the felt balls. The wavy lines in the violet are keeping everything contained, but in a loose and soft way.

The visual and color balance are both bang on and make this a really pretty and interesting piece to examine more closely.

Christa Irell said...

Oh- I forgot to say how much I love the gentle little deer! Can't wait to see what you did with her!